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The book, 'Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll' by Allen J. Wiener will be released in October 2014. Based on more than a decade of research, dozens of fresh interviews, and careful review of hours of television and other footage, this book focuses on Elvis' TV career and the role it played in creating, sustaining, and reviving his unrivaled popularity.
FTD has released their Classic Album series (Deluxe 7" size packaging) version of Elvis' 1965 album, 'Elvis For Everyone'.
This 2-CD classic edition features insightful essays, rare memorabilia and great outtakes! It also features the rare overdubbed version of 'Wild in The Country' that featured maracas and additional bass guitar. Although, the source remains a mystery to this day, it was supplied to RCA-UK for its stereo version of the album as a replacement for 'Summer Kisses.' This track had been issued two months before on RCA-UK's unique album, Flaming Star And Summer Kisses. Apart from OPTIONAL MASTERS that could have been used, DISC 2 contains 23 Previously Unreleased Outtakes !!!!!!
FTD have released the 'Best Of British : The RCA Years 1957-1959' book and CD set. This release is the continuation of the British story now detailing his RCA releases from 1957 - 1958. This book and CD release is a follow-up companion to the critically acclaimed and highly successful 'Elvis: The Best Of British : The HMV Years', [now sold out with just a few copies remaining] this book contains the full history of over FIFTY iconic Elvis songs initially released by RCA in Great Britain. Again, each song has been thoroughly researched to the same high standards and is graphically catalogued. Containing over 1000 illustrations, unpublished photographs and charts, together with rare items of memorabilia, this volume of 'The RCA Years' moves the story forward to explicitly reveal previously unknown facts and additional British connections to the songs.
FTD Vinyl has released 'Hot August Night' as a Limited Edition Vinyl 2-Disc Vinyl Set. Previously release only on CD, this is the first ever issue on vinyl of this concert! From the review of the CD 'Elvis was in fine form on this 'Hot August Night' of the 25th of August 1969, a performance perhaps never to be beaten. For those that only read the summery of reviews, I can be quite clear, this concert is without doubt the best live recording released to-date of Elvis Presley in 1969, and is one of the best concerts Elvis Presley ever performed - both in sound quality and performance! So crystal clear stereo sound and a great performance.
Elvis Presley : 'La Collection 25cm en couleur' (French Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set)
will be available at the end of September. This Ultra Limited Edition (1000 only) box set contains: 'Rock and Roll Elvis Presley', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Noel Avec Elvis', 'King Creole', 'La Retour De Elvis' and 'Loving You'. Each record contains the original art work, and different alternative takes and live versions.
New from 'Star' is the 'Bossa Nova Baby : The Ultimate Party DVD'. This great release includes all 24 (!!) tracks from the european version and some bonuses!
'Hollywood Elvis' Volume 5 DVD features 55 clips from the late sixties, including some rare footage on the set, and hard to find pictures. The bonus section includes some alternate edits and rare outtakes.
Including the following five movies in chronological order: 'Frankie And Johnny', 'Paradise Hawaiian Style', 'Spinout', 'Easy Come, Easy Go' and 'Double Trouble'.
Barbra Streisand's new album, 'Partners
' will include a duet with Elvis, the CD features '12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world's greatest male vocalists'. This is the legendary artist's first duets album in more than a decade, and debuts new studio recordings of Streisand classics and others songs. View a video of Barbra Streisand telling the story
of how her virtual duet with Elvis Presley came to be and the magic they created in studio and of her meeting the King, in this exclusive clip. 'Because I met him a couple of times, it was very easy. It felt like our spirits were kind of touching'. : Barbra Streisand. Listen
The huge 3 volume release 'Ultimate Elvis : The Complete & Definitive Recording Sessions
' will now be released at the end of October - AND it is already sold-out
. This massive three-volume, individually numbered, deluxe set (in a beautiful slipcase) is LIMITED to only 2000 copies
and of what we have already ordered we can not order more
as the producer is already SOLD OUT !!! So if you have not yet ordered - now would be a good time. The set not only comprises all the recording session details that are available to date, ... It also includes detailed discographies, reviews of every single, EP and album release, original release dates ... And as you have come to expect from 'The Elvis Files
', the icing on the cake is a wealth of stunning photographs - approximately 1500 of them! - many of them previously unseen. 6 page preview.
It seems the very public 'negotiations' between EPE and the owners of the 'Lisa Marie' (OKC Partnership) continues with the Memphis based company apparently putting both planes up for sale. However the jets namesake, Lisa Marie Presley has responded to fans saying they 'are not for sale', so it seems the dysfunctional maneuvering between the two parties continues.
EPE are trying to obtain a better, more affordable lease agreement, but the negotiations are not for the faint hearted with EPE seemingly playing hard-ball telling the owners to remove the planes (or, we assume, agree to terms) and the planes owners playing on the sympathies of Elvis fans ...
Ginger Alden's book, 'Elvis and Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story
' has been released. The following is from the publisher ... 'For over three decades Ginger has held the truth of their relationship close to her heart. Now she shares her unique story, and while a lot has been written about the King, the Elvis we meet in this long-anticipated memoir is a revelation'. 'In her own words Ginger details their whirlwind romance - from first kiss to his stunning proposal of marriage. She details his exploration of Eastern religions, his perception of being a 'legend', his devotion to family and friends, and her attempt to know the insular group surrounding Elvis. And for the very first time she talks about the devastating end of it all, and the 50,000 mourners and reporters who descended on Graceland in 1977, exposing Ginger to the reality of living in the spotlight of a short, yet immortal, life'.
The 'Follow That Dream
has been released and our order is now on the way to us
. This is a limited edition of 3000 copies. This release includes an 8 page booklet that speaks to the film's place in 'cinema literacy' and Joe Esposito will be doing a Feature Commentary with Film Historian, Nick Redman.
Following the Heineken TV commercial
(And the Sony CD, Bossa Nova Baby, The Ultimate Party Album
) Sony Music will release a very special 'Bossa Nova Baby' beer bottle green 7" 45 RPM vinyl single
featuring both the original recording and remix on August 18. The release is strictly limited to 1500 numbered copies. Originally featured in the 1963 Elvis movie (& soundtrack) Fun In Acapulco.
'King of the Hilton' is a book about Elvis Presley in Las Vegas, seen through the eyes of someone who was there. After many requests from fans, respected Elvis writer and researcher Anne E Nixon, (author of 'Ten Years After' and 'The Elvis Archives'), is for the first time publishing her detailed show reports from the Vegas years. Anne attended 40 Elvis Presley shows from 1972-1976, and wrote copious notes on each performance. A few of her show reports were printed in books and magazines at the time, but only now has she opened the vaults and every show she attended is given in-depth coverage
'Elvis 1975 On Tour' is a new 2 CD-set including all 3 available soundboard
recordings from april 1975, newly remastered, (Macon, GA. April 24, Jacksonville, FL. April 25, Lakeland, FL. April 28) including the opening show from tour number 12 (since 1969), and, as a bonus recordings from 2 shows in Lake Charles (May 4 1975) and the Tour Closing Show (May 7, 1975). Includes a 12 page booklet.
'Elvis Presley : Such A Night' : The Definitive Live Rarities Collection', 4 CD Longbox has been released.
The DJ Spankox, (Re:Volution
) new remix-album, 'Elvis Relive
' has been released and our order is on the way to us. This is an innovative and forward-thinking album that includes fantastic new modern versions of a selection of Elvis Presley's hits that preserve the original artistry and enhance it with better and fuller instrumentation'.
The book 'Elvis Presley : New Leader In Vegas
' has been released. The book, showcasing Elvis Presley in 1969,
is a hardcover with 144 pages and presented in a deluxe slipcase,. It is a limited run of 1,000 AND it is almost sold out. The slipcase contains gold embossing. The foreword has been written by Joe Esposito and with every book comes a 8x10 bonus photo hand signed by Joe Esposito in person.
Originally released in November 1970, 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is
' combined eight studio tracks, recorded in Nashville, and four live concert performances recorded in Las Vegas during Presley's 1970 'Summer Festival' season at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis played dozens of times at The International Hotel in 1969 and 1970 over several number of weeks. Elvis was on a roll and making big plans - including a feature film and studio time in Nashville. This brand new 4LP version
, That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) centers on one show at The International which was recorded and partially filmed by MGM. These show recordings are released for the first time in their entirety
. The original RCA album is expanded with four single sides from the period, and a selection of 'fly-on-the-wall' outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the album. • 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl • 3 Fold Gatefold Sleeve • Expanded Edition • 16 page Booklet • 13 Tracks Previously Unreleased • Remastered Audio.
Sony will re-release Young Man With The Big Beat : The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Recordings in the same book type format as they have done with recent re-releases of the Complete 50s Masters, Essential 60s Masters, Essential 70s Masters, The Complete '68 Comeback Special, and most recently with Today, Tomorrow & Forever on September 4. (A VERY nice presentation). The five (5) CD box set celebrates Elvis Presley's explosive 1956 RCA debut that changed the world of popular music forever!
The 8 CD and 2 DVD That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) Box Set is now in stock. The release is the most ambitious Elvis Presley restoration package ever created, bringing together-for the first time ever--the album, the theatrical and home video versions of the film, six full-length concerts (featuring previously unreleased performances), rehearsal highlights and other rare recordings in one astounding and essential package. The result of an historic partnership between Sony Music and Warner View a video of our unboxing showing how nice the set is and listen to I Just Can't Help Believin' from the August 12th dinner show
Due to the enormous success of Backdraft's Box set 'Final Count to Midnight' not enough copies were pressed which have left Elvis fans having to go without. Since 'Backdraft' are unable to process more copies of the box set due to logistical reasons, they will now release 'Super Jewel Case' Deluxe Versions of the 'Final Countdown To Midnight' set. A 2 CD version and a separate DVD only release, both with different front covers, contain a deluxe 24 page booklet inside of each, housed in a deluxe 'super jewel case' (See images). 'We would like to point out that the content of the booklet in both of the releases are entirely different from the box set that was recently released and that, the photographs and text information are not repeated to each of the releases'
We have now 3 Elvis Presley Calendars and a Diary for 2015 for pre-order
. Dream Calendar A3 2015. Elvis Presley Danilo Calendar A3 2015. Danilo Slimline Calendar 2015 Elvis Presley Danilo Diary 2015.
The Elvis In Hollywood
CD has been released. The CD is the latest in the 'bootleg series
' and contains complete masters and outtakes, the original 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' mono masters as released in 1962, movie radio trailers and promo's plus as a bonus some instrumental tracks.
Following our redevelopment of elvis.com.au we are delighted to announce the launch of our new online shop. This new shop is designed to be ultra user friendly, and importantly easy to checkout. But there is so much more!!! Here are the highlights of what the store offers you in functionality.
Warner Brothers Senior Vice-President of Catalog Marketing George Feltenstein has provided more details on the 12 outtakes included as special features on the 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is : Two Disc Special Edition
due out on August 12. As suspected, the content mirrors that of the 2007 2-DVD set, except with a new twist. On DVD, the outtakes were presented in abysmal quality, but on Blu-ray, they will be pristine.
'The Blu-ray has high-definition, incredible new presentation
, [and an] all-new master, but we also have, with really impressive quality
, additional songs that were not included in the Special Edition. They were on a prior DVD but ... we were unable to locate the actual master tapes that had the outtakes, and, finally, now, that tape was located
, and that is now on the Blu-ray.
Elvis' 1970 Country album was a great idea, so it is a shame that with Elvis' interest in contemporary folk music he didn't release a 'Folk' themed album. For the May 1971 session Elvis had even used folk group The Nashville Edition as backing singers and selected some interesting songs to record. Now, with the release of 'Elvis Presley : Some Call It Folk' CD, for the very first time ... finally an Elvis 'Folk' album. Housed in a stunning 3 panel digipack this is a top notch Elvis CD release.
'Elvis Rocks Little Rock' CD
is an upgraded re-release of the original BILKO bootleg CD from 1989. The complete December 15,1956 concert as original recorded NOW remastered and speed corrected!
Following 'Follow That Dream' on blu-ray (August 12) will be Flaming Star in the second week of November. Again, this will be released on Blu-ray as an exclusive, limited edition of 3000 copies. There will be at least 4 more titles to be released on Blu-ray between August 2014 and August 2015. Also in August Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release for the first time on blu-ray, 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is : Two Disc Special Edition', and also in a deluxe format, 'Viva Las Vegas' 50th Anniversary on August 12 - both as Premium Blu-ray™ Digibooks. 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is' which was re-edited and remixed for its acclaimed release in 2000, will now debut on Blu-ray™ as a Premium Digibook, newly remastered, and with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.
Elvis Presley : 'Final Countdown to Midnight' is the ultimate Pittsburgh 1976 NYE experience package 2CD
/ 100 page Book
. Incorporated with the book is a 2CD set offering for the first time ever, the Complete Show of the Pittsburgh 1976 New Years Eve concert re-mastered from a newly acquired source, now running well over 92 mins that is guaranteed to please the listener as Elvis rings in the new year of 1977, his final countdown. The sound will attest to be near
Country singer Miranda Lambert got a shout out from the queen herself, Priscilla Presley, regarding her new song 'Priscilla'. The song pays homage to the pressure of having a famous husband, something Lambert understands with her 'The Voice' star husband, Blake Shelton, who's also a famous country singer himself. Priscilla Presley Instagrammed a photo that Lambert reposted of herself and daughter Lisa Marie Presley listening to the song about life at Graceland. View the video to listen to the song
Memphis celebrated the 60th anniversary of rock 'n' roll this past weekend with a variety of rockin’ events across the city known as the Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll. On July 5, 1954, Elvis walked into Memphis Recording Service, now known as Sun Studio
, and recorded a fast version of Arthur Crudup's 'That's All Right' with guitarist Scotty Moore
and bassist Bill Black
. In honor of this special anniversary, the action packed weekend included a fireworks show, live music concert, new exhibit opening and much more.
It does seem clear that both EPE and the owners of the 'Lisa Marie' are involved in some heavy hardball negotiations over how much of the ticket receipts EPE pays the planes owners. Clearly the planes owners have released the news, first to the 'Associated Press' and now in the form of a copy of the letter from Jack Soden of EPE in an effort to garner Elvis fan reaction so to help any such negotiations with EPE to go more in their favour, in response to EPE trying a good old fashioned bluff that they are happy to see the planes removed
while trying to re-negotiate the price agreement down.
With the release of, Summer Festival '74/'75
we have finally on DVD(R) the best images available of Elvis' Summer Festivals from 1974/1975! Good to stunning quality 8mm movies of The King in action. A variety of shows, spectacular outfits, karate demonstrations and nice overviews of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel makes you feel you are right there in the audience. With sound from audience or soundboard recordings where available. Elvis was in good shape during the shows as presented here. This DVD also gives us more a glimpse of the shows held in August 1975 and in very good quality ...
Priscilla Presley has posted this response to fans complaints arising from the 'Associated Press' report of the likely removal of the 'Lisa Marie' from it's current 'Graceland' home
: 'I see your posts about the planes. Please calm down, we're in the midst of negotiations. It's as simple as that. Thank you'.
This rather disturbing 'Associated Press' report really makes us concerned about the direction EPE is taking Elvis' legacy and particularly the 'Graceland' name of late : For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Elvis Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family.
Following is the track listing for the 2 CD Legacy Edition of the That’s The Way It Is
which is due early August along with the deluxe 8 CD, 2 DVD box set. This 2 CD version contains the original album, singles, bonus tracks and the previously unreleased August 12th Dinner Show.
have released their new book, 'Memphis To Nashville '61
' and our order is on the way to us now. This book gives a comprehensive account of the two Memphis charity shows that Elvis performed at the Ellis Auditorium on a cold day in February 1961.
FTD has released 'The Return To Vegas' and our order is on the way to us. This is the official release of the soundboard recording that Joan Deary planned as a double album release back in the late seventies. It's the earliest known professional recording from Elvis' 1969 engagement in Las Vegas. The original tape box has 'opening night' written on the back, but that's not the real date. Some experts believe it's from August 3, but we have no information whatsoever to suggest a certain date. However, the arrangements seem to suggest that this show is definitely several days earlier than the shows RCA recorded from August 20 and onwards.
'Las Vegas, December 07, 1976' is the title of a new release of the only known available soundboard recording from Elvis' last Vegas season. Now newly remastered and for the first time available in the right speed!!! This show was first released on the cd 'Run On' in 1997. Although this is a soundboard recording, the sound quality is not very good. Whilst the sound quality is disappointing for a soundboard, the unusual circumstances of this show make it worthwhile to listen to. And as stated above, now you can hear this show for the first time on cd in remastered sound and in the right speed!